Date : 10-23-2007
California firm merges with Denver firm
Santa Barbara's Hatch & Parent has opted for an out-of-state merger. The California-based firm, which mainly focuses on water law, has decided to merge with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Brownstein Hyatt is one of Denver's largest firms, and its attorneys mainly practice in the lobbying sector. The new firm will be named Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, be based in Denver, and have more than 200 attorneys and policy advisers working at its 12 locations, most of which will be on the West Coast.
Judge berates Qualcomm
A California courtroom was filled to capacity last week after a Qualcomm discovery failure drew the attention of numerous media outlets and members of the legal community. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major headed the arguments in the case. Qualcomm failed to turn over thousands of documents to Broadcom Corp. and is now paying Broadcom's legal fees, thanks to a federal judge's orders. Major plans to call for sanctions due to the alleged negligence of Qualcomm's attorneys.
Firms hiring more paralegals
Over the last year, eight out of 10 of the largest firms in Birmingham increased their employee counts. Who did they hire? More paralegals and management staff, according to a new study by the Birmingham Business Journal. Reducing costs and hiring effective legal support staff appear to be having a positive impact on the industry. Clients are paying lower fees, and paralegals are gaining more respect than in the past, ensuring greater job stability.
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